Canadian Supreme Court upholds carbon tax in 6-3 vote

Canadian Supreme Court upholds carbon tax in 6-3 vote”

Canada's Supreme Court ruled in favor of the federal government's carbon pricing policy on Thursday, upholding a central pillar of Prime Minister Justin's Trudeau's climate plan and overriding opposition from some provinces.

"We now have a president who is much more aligned with not only my own values as prime minister but also the values of Canadians", Trudeau said at a January 22 news conference after Biden's decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline.

Only Alberta won its lower court challenge.

"Today's court ruling confirms what we already knew, that Doug Ford's fight against the carbon tax was nothing more than a political power play at the taxpayers' expense".

Canada needs to cut emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 to fulfill its global climate commitments, which would involve slashing annual emissions to 511 megatons, compared with 729 megatons in 2018.

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Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback, who is also a part of the standing committee on worldwide trade, expressed his disappointment with the Supreme Court's ruling, adding his belief the carbon tax will weaken Canada's position with respect to global trade.

"Standing up for Saskatchewan people is always a fight that's worth having", Moe said, when asked if perusing the legal challenge was worthwhile.

"This was a battle that was for the right reasons", said Moe. "Party government must act quickly to negotiate a better deal that protects Saskatchewan's economy and gives working families a break", Meili said.

"There should be no question as to whether climate change is real, or whether climate action is the right thing to do for the planet, for jobs, and as human beings", he said in a statement.

"When we have farmers that have been sequestering carbon and practicing no till, they should get credit for that, they should get paid for that and of course this federal government does't recognize that, so that's a frustration", he said.

"We are well positioned to move forward as climate action leaders instead of the climate action stalkers that our provincial government has been throughout the process", she said.

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"The undisputed existence of a threat to the future of humanity can not be ignored", wrote Chief Justice Richard Wagner.

The federal law sets minimum standards for carbon pricing with the intent to price out emissions over time.

"Scott Moe keeps picking fights with the federal government, and he keeps losing", Meili said.

"Parliament has jurisdiction to enact this law as a matter of national concern", Chief Justice Richard Wagner wrote in the ruling.

"In order to do our fair share as a country, we need to at least double their reduction target for 2030 from 30 per cent to 60 per cent reduction of emissions", Bigland-Pritchard said.

"The undisputed existence of a threat to the future of humanity can not be ignored", he wrote.

The onus at the courts was on the federal government to prove this was an issue of national concern, rather than leaving it to individual provinces.

"Doug Ford and his band of climate change deniers are holding Ontario back from tackling the greatest challenge of our generation", he said in a statement.

It sets minimum pricing standards for provinces to meet.

Until recently, provincial resistance to the carbon tax was, to some extent, bolstered by climate-backtracking in the US under former President Donald Trump, which in turn fed fears energy investment would flow south.

"When provinces that are collectively responsible for more than two-thirds of Canada's total GHG emissions opt out of a cooperative scheme, this illustrates the stark limitations of a non-binding cooperative approach", he wrote.

"We are now in advance discussions with the Government of Canada and the energy industry over a potential massive expansion of carbon capture utilization and storage, which could be a real game-changer, as well as pursuing potential small-scale nuclear reactors and other game-changing technologies substantially to cut emissions without making Canada's largest industry, our energy sector, uncompetitive".

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